This weekend I completed my first paid photography gig. I’ve done work for people in the past but before Saturday I hadn’t ever worked for someone I didn’t already know. And this time I was paid for my work in cash, that means no barter, no free booze, no pat on the back, I got an actual check. It was amazing, my entire day.
I woke up nervous as can be on Saturday morning. I stuffed two cameras into my camera bag, a few extra memory cards, as well as a flash. My tummy was so uneasy. What if I didn’t do well? What if I got mugged on the way home and lost everything? What if she’s mean? What if I am mean? What if she hates me? What if it rains? What if everything is out of focus? Dear God, what have I agreed to?
I met the woman in SoHo at 10:30. We were to cover four different locations and take portraits at each one. The portraits were to be taken both inside and out. It was tricky, especially the work I did at her office, which had yellowish light and wall-to-wall reflective surfaces. I do believe that if I continue this type of work I’ll need a polarizer. Overall, I’m really happy with most of the shots. Like, really, really pleased with them. The lighting was incredible (it was overcast and lovely on Saturday) and the woman I worked with was super great. Everything went smoothly thank goodness. I think she’ll be pleased.
I do have a question that the Internet might be able to help me with. I have to put together an online portfolio (thumbnails, etc.) that she can easily click through and then let me know what pictures she’s interested in using for the article. I don’t want to use Flickr because I generally keep my personal life away from my professional life but something like Flickr might be nice. Does anyone have any suggestions? Is there a way to use Lightbox? I’m totally in the dark about this.
On Sunday my dear friend, Nico, came into the city to do some shopping with me. We had lunch at Home Restaurant in the West village. She came bearing gifts that included yarn, two awesome needles, and a book called Stitch and Bitch. That’s right, folks. I am going to finally learn how to knit. A boyfriend showed me how once in College and I very nearly finished a scarf but I haven’t touched it since. I’m excited.
After we ate we both picked up skirts. I got this one.
It’s a little gray here in New York City but that’s OK because the weekend turned out to be plump and lovely. Today I dropped Nico off at the bus station and hit the nail salon where I got my nails done like this and my eyebrows waxed like this.
Now it’s back to work.